My guests today were Don Huovenin (left) and Farrell Teague (right). Don and Farrell are members of the Cape Fear Model Railroad Society which has created a Holiday Train Expo in the former Gap Store next to Sears at Independence Mall. It features many exhibits of model trains (O Gauge, HO and G) some of which are interactive. You can start and stop the train! You can load coal! It’s a great family event, and it runs Fridays from 6 to 9 and Saturdays from 2 to 5 through December 22.
Today I spoke with Hank Toler from TheatreNOW. The company is putting on a 5-person adaptation of A Christmas Carol. It previews this Friday and Saturday with a 3-course meal; tickets $38. The show continues every Friday and Saturday through December 22 with a 4-course Victorian Christmas meal; tickets $48. The doors open at 5:30; the show begins at 6:30.
I spoke today with Elizabeth Hester, Executive Director of the Wilmington Ballet Company, about the December 1 & 2 full-length production of The Nutcracker. And Kim Kelly from Cameron Art Museum talked about how a Wilmington tradition is being revived and brought to the CAM – The Cape Fear Festival of Trees, November 24-December 2. d cape fear festival of trees.org
Today I talked with Jerry Cribbs, founder and director of Cape Fear Chorale. The chorale will be joined by an orchestra for a free concert on Sunday afternoon at 4 at Grace United Methodist Church. The concert features Vivaldi’s Gloria, Schubert’s Magnificat and one of Handel’s Coronation Overtures. CapeFearChorale.org
I talked with Judy Goldman about her book Losing My Sister: A Memoir. Judy will be at B’nai Israel Synagogue tonight at 7:00 to give a free reading. She paint a vivid picture of growing up in South Carolina in a close-knit family, and how she and her older sister Brenda experienced three rifts in their relationship. The book is beautifully written; I highly recommend it.
Our guests today were Jean-Rene Delsoin, Artistic Director of Compagnie de Danse Jean-Rene Delsoin… with company and tour manager Mario LaMothe of the U.S. State Department’s Center Stage initiative. The company is hosting a Community Drum Circle and Dance Demonstration open to the public tomorrow from noon to one at UNCW’s outdoor amphitheater. The company’s final performance is Friday night at 8 at Kenan Auditorium at UNCW. A reception follows. Tickets: Kenan Box Office, 962-3500. Info and tix also at uncw.edu.arts
I talked with amazing organist Dorothy Papadakos, who will show the 1922 film noir classic Nosferatu at 7 pm on Tuesday, October 30 at St. Paul Episcopal Church at 16th and Market. Dorothy will provide improvisational organ accompaniment for the silent film. It is quite scary; no children under 12 please. Come in costume! Tickets available ahead of time from the church at 910-762-4578 or spechruch.com
Jeanne Walker of Poplar Grove Plantation told us about their biggest event of the year, the Halloween Festival! It’s spread over two weekends this year, October 12-14 and October 19-21. We also chatted about an event later this month called Happy Tails Dog Expo on October 28.